Psychological stress factors of work relate to the work itself and its contents, such as insufficient feedback, unclear objectives and continuous time pressure. Social stress factors are related to interactions in the workplace, such as inappropriate or unequal treatment or sexual harassment. Experiencing the stress factors of work can often lead to work-based stress and exhaustion, which can manifest as difficulties with concentration, avoidance behaviour, problems with sleeping, various phobias, continuous tiredness, irritability or isolating oneself. EMDR method treats work-based challenges related to working abilities, coping with work, mental health issues or various life’s crises.
Often, work-based stress factors include experiences of interaction relationships in work communities, which are stored in one’s memory as negative mental images, as well as negative beliefs or thoughts about oneself as an employee or a professional. The basic protocol of the EMDR method is very suitable for neutralising these disturbing images and changing negative thoughts about oneself as more positive. Typically, processing work-based stress brought on by individual situation or event with the EMDR method takes 2–5 appointments for the treatment to have an effect.